January 5, 2022

 

A Word from Walker

 
Despite my best efforts, I got it. You guessed it. I contracted COVID. I am not sure where I was exposed. This virus is so contagious that it is hard to tell. All I know is that several days ago I felt like I had a run-of-the-mill cold and, after being tested, learned I had a mild version of this wicked virus. I am grateful to have had my two shots and the booster. Considering some of the medical conditions I deal with, it would have most definitely been worse had I been unvaccinated.
 
This experience has reminded me of two things. First, it reminds me how fragile life is. Over 800,000 people have died from this disease. While the vast majority of these victims had pre-existing conditions, there have been many who were healthy, vibrant and active folks. Regardless, some people still think it is either some kind of conspiracy or, at the least, a virus that has been way overblown in the press. To be frank, it doesn’t matter what you have read on the internet. No one is bullet-proof when it comes to this adaptive enemy. It can kill anyone, or make even the healthiest of people very ill. To not take it seriously involves embracing a very large risk that, in the end, is not worth it. The Bible tells us that we are like “withering grass … here today and gone tomorrow” (Isa. 40:6-8). This is true for all of us. The pandemic only reinforces this sobering reality.
 
Second, it reminds me of how little control we truly possess as fragile creatures. I know what some of you are probably thinking: "Of course, this is true." But, the way this obvious truth has hit me is that you can do all the right things and still get sick. Some people exercise, eat right and avoid unnecessary stress yet die of strokes and heart attacks. Some drink, smoke and eat raw lard and live to age ninety-five. Don’t ask me to explain. I can’t. What I can say is that despite our best efforts, there are things beyond our control. That is why James said that when we make plans we should say, "If the Lord wills,” not as a safety default, but as a genuinely humble affirmation that just because we plan something doesn’t ensure it will happen. COVID has been a wrecking ball to such presumptive thinking.
 
Nonetheless, I have great hope that as we emerge from all of our personal and corporate challenges, we will carry with us lessons that provide wiser perspectives on how to invest our lives in ways that are neither reactive, passive or prideful, but full of faith and hope. We have several of these kinds of plans for 2022. Stay tuned as we fill you in on new opportunities and possibilities.
 
Happy New Year!
Walker